Sunday, February 26, 2017

Boskone Podcast, Part 1-Julian Mills/Copperfrog Games/Jeremy Flagg

In February, Matt Zappa and Max Bowen attended the Boskone book convention, a showcase of more than 150 sci-fi and fantasy authors, plus many artists and some game designers. In our first volume of the Boskone podcast series, Matt and Max talk to authors Juliana Mills, Jeremy Flagg, and games designer Michael Epstein.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Feb. 23, 2017: Bullethead/Hana Kahn/Curtis Lawson/Amanda McCarthy

It's a reunion show on Citywide Blackout! Jeff Royds returns to talk about the latest news from his band Bullethead, which includes an upcoming CD release. Jeff also talks about his many posts online regarding advice for musicians, whether that's how you interact with the crowd or the importance of getting out and going to shows. We have such a good time, Jeff decides to stay for the rest of the show.

Hana Khan returns and she has a great new campaign to talk about. Called "You Are Enough," it's going to be launched this spring, coinciding with an upcoming single and article. In this campaign, she incorporates her own experiences in dealing with mental illness and the science behind it with the goal of helping others in the same situation, with the message that they are enough and they can achieve anything.

Up next is author Curtis Lawson. He has a new book to talk about, "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World," his new comic "Mastema," which she wrote with Marvel Comics author Nico Leon, and the return of one of his earlier works, "The Devoured," which he was able to get back the rights to. We talk about his foray into audiobooks, the legal side of writing and what kind of villain he would be.

Closing of the show is Amanda McCarthy, another former guest making a big return. She's redone her Grammy-nominated song "Bad News," and we talk about the work that went into that, the best kinds of road food, and her upcoming shows.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017: Anna Madsen/Northeast Comic-Con, Or So The Story Goes/Jim Kelly and Boskone

Max with Anna Madsen
Anna Madsen makes her return to Citywide to talk about her new album, "Whisper," In addition to some brand new material, this album features re-imaginings of tracks from her last album, "Efflorescence." We play a few of these songs and discuss Anna's upcoming European tour as well as her experience working with producer Brian Coombes.

Gary Sohmers is best known as the King of Pop Culture, and if that's true, then the Northeast Comic-Con is definitely his kingdom. He's been running this event for years, and it returns in just two weeks with some amazing guests, a unique cosplay contest, and a slew of great local artists of all kinds.

Writer/Director Theresa Labreglio and cast members Diann Gogerty and Bryan Civitarese call in to talk about the web series, "Or So The Story Goes," which they've been a part of since it launched four years ago. The series, now in its third season, gives a unique perspective on classic children's tales. Beginning as a teen outreach program to teach filmmaking, the series has earned awards and become a popular young adult series.

Author Jim Kelly is joining his fellow scribes at the Boskone book festival, happening this weekend in Boston. The even will showcase nearly 200 writers and feature panels and gaming demonstrations. In addition, Jim talks about his sixth book and the life of a full-time writer.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Feb. 2, 2017: Sidestep Complex/Jonny Glenn/Blindspot

Sidestep Complex
First up is the husband-and-wife duo of Sidestep Complex. With electronic, violin, sick rap lyrics and a wide array of sounds, their sound is one of a kind. They talk about how they first formed, their unique style, and an upcoming Valentine's Day show at Out of the Blue Too.

Jonny Glenn is a South Carolina-born singer-songwriter with a great pop style that he transitioned to as he searched for a sound that resonated with him. He's in Boston now, playing lots of shows and working to become a known presence in the local scene. He's also taking the stage soon, at the Brighton Music Hall on Feb. 10.

I've been a fan of Blindspot since seeing them perform in Lowell, and over the past couple weeks they've hit a lot of milestones, including performing with Aerosmith. They're set to release their debut EP, and will be taking the stage at the Middle East on Feb. 25.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Audiobook excerpt from "The Overlords"

Max, along with voice actress Jill Cofsky and author Mike Squatrito, read an excerpt from Mike's book, "The Overlords: Journey to Salvation."